schema could only fail , just as the poetry would fail for those who read it as a
cryptic act of faith or promise of physical , psychological , or spiritual resurrection .
Ishmael alone escapes . Ruins If man is a god in ruins , Melville saw ruins as the
Author: Gary Grieve-Carlson
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Pub
Category: Literary Criticism
Author of The Maximus Poems, Rector of Black Mountain College, and quondam Democratic Party activist, Charles Olson is one of the central figures of mid-twentieth-century American poetry. Charles Olson: A Poets Prose is the first book-length critical study to focus strictly on Olsons prose, ranging from his groundbreaking study of Melville, Call Me Ishmael (1947), through such seminal work as Projective Verse (1950), Human Universe (1951), The Special View of History (1956, 1970), Equal, That Is, to the Real Itself (1958), and Proprioception (1962). The eleven essays collected in this volume introduce a new generation of scholars who engage Olsons thinking on gender and sexuality, human ecology, the relevance of non-Euclidean geometry and quantum physics for poetics, phenomenology and Whiteheads process philosophy, and postmodernism. Olson thinks and writes against the grain of the established authorities in poetry and literary criticism, and his influence on American letters has been broad and varied. Like some Old Testament prophet or Melvilles Ishmael, Olson projects a voice that is immediately distinctive, sometimes disturbing, always provocative, and often compelling. To begin to understand postmodern American poetry, one must begin with Charles Olson.